It’s always an odd experience debating liturgy on the General Synod. Having been away for the last six years, not a lot seems to have changed.

How do you write poetry on a committee of 400 people?

This is the problem we had when we were ‘doing’ Common Worship a decade ago. Careful language is crafted… and then people pick away at it in order to remove heresy or imagination or to insert their crucial theological wordings. Then you get trade-offs to keep everyone happy.

No surprise that Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer reads like it was written by a single mind – and a single poet – and not referred to a committee.

I don’t see how this is going to change, though.

Ho hum.

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